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Admiral's Varnish

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Model # 5437199 | Mfg # 418720108

Product Description

Manufactured exclusively for West Marine by a leading marine paint manufacturer, Admiral’s Varnish contains the highest amount of ultra-violet absorbers providing maximum protection against the sun. Admiral’s has a traditional amber color along with high gloss and outstanding durability.

  • Recommended Usage: Exterior or interior, above water
  • Formulation: Traditional alkyd, 48% solids (by volume)
  • Additives: Highest UV protection available
  • Application: Brush or spray (thinned for spray 20% with Pettit 120, Model 249961)
  • Drying Time: To touch: 2 hrs. at 70°F; overcoat: 18 hrs.
  • Number of Coats Recommended: Previously varnished surface: 2 to 3 coats; bare wood: 3 to 4 coats or more
  • Color: Clear amber
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Coverage: Brush: 112sq.ft./qt.; spray: 90sq.ft./qt.
  • Brush: 120, Model 249961; Spray: 121, Model 249995

Specs

Admiral's Varnish

Best Use Exterior or Interior
Above Water
Capacity 1 Quart
Color Clear Amber
Coverage Brush: 112 Square Feet per Quart; spray: 90 Square Feet per Quart
Cure time To Touch: 2 Hours at 70 Degrees F; Overcoat: 18 Hours
Finish Gloss
Recommended Number of Coats Previously Varnished Surface: 2 To 3 Coats; Bare Wood: 3 To 4 Coats or More
Type Traditional Alkyd

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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West Marine Admiral's Varnish
 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (7)
  • Excellent gloss (5)
  • Repels water (4)
  • Color retention (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Wood surfaces (7)
  • Reinforcing and coating (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Classic boat owner (7), Perfectionist (3)

Reviewed by 7 customers

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3.0

Average varnish, good for build up coats.

By Ron

from San Francisco bay

About Me Classic boat owner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wood surfaces

    Comments about West Marine Admiral's Varnish:

    Good bang for the buck.

     
    5.0

    Used A.V. for 30yrs on my 25' 55yr C.Cr. Best varnish ever!

    By Botch

    from Spokane WA

    About Me Classic boat owner, Cruiser, Perfectionist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Color retention
    • Durable
    • Easy clean-up
    • Excellent gloss
    • Repels water

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Abrasive conditions
      • Reinforcing and coating
      • Wood surfaces

      Comments about West Marine Admiral's Varnish:

      I have refinished my boat for 30+ years. It looks like the first thing that I bought it

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great stuff

      By Big Lou

      from Estero FL

      About Me Classic boat owner, Perfectionist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Color retention
      • Durable
      • Excellent gloss
      • Repels water

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fiberglas Surfaces
        • Reinforcing and coating
        • Wood surfaces

        Comments about West Marine Admiral's Varnish:

        Cedar strip canoe. Best varnish

         
        4.0

        All refinished and ready to go!

        By Willy

        from Cary, NC

        About Me Classic boat owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Reinforcing and coating
          • Wood surfaces

          Comments about West Marine Admiral's Varnish:

          Needed to redo all the wood on my sailboat. this product worked perfect.

           
          5.0

          Traditional spar varnish

          By CJ

          from Virginia Beach, VA

          About Me Classic boat owner

          Reviewed by a West Marine Associate

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Excellent gloss

          Cons

          • Beautiful

          Best Uses

          • Wood surfaces

          Comments about West Marine Admiral's Varnish:

          Labor intensive and time consuming but amazing results after 4+ coats. There is no other varnish I will use.

           
          5.0

          Work great

          By Stephen

          from Florida

          About Me Classic boat owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Antifouling properties
          • Color retention
          • Durable
          • Easy clean-up
          • Excellent gloss
          • Repels water

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Heavy fouling areas
            • Wood surfaces

            Comments about West Marine Admiral's Varnish:

            Easy and very forgiving .Easy to use great finish long lasting

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Appearently foolproof

            By Angie, 1st Mate & Voice of Reason

            from Port of Los Angeles

            About Me Classic boat owner, Liveaboard, Perfectionist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Excellent gloss
            • Great Flow
            • Pretty Quickly Tack Free
            • Repels water

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Reinforcing and coating
              • Wood surfaces

              Comments about West Marine Admiral's Varnish:

              After owning & working on our current boat for ~1 yr, it was time to get serious about the bright work. I'd dabbled with a few different products to date & wasn't completely satisfied with any of them. So, when I noticed the Admiral's at a great price on sale last week I grabbed it. SO GLAD I DID. After only 2 coats on my hand rail, its gorgeous. This is what wood is supposed to look like on a boat. Plus it's supposed to have the highest amount of UV protectants, so I'm hoping it will hold up.
              My prep included sanding to 180grit, vacuuming, rinsing down, let dry, then tacking down area & applying 1st coat with a brush (kind of substandard brush, to be honest). Let cure ~24hrs. Dry sand w/220. Vacuum, rinse, let dry, tack down, apply 2nd coat with same questionable brush. 24 hrs later, amazing, gorgeous. AND the one quart I bought went a lot further than I expected. I was able to 1st & 2nd coat about 40 feet of hand rail and the whole, exterior sb side of my salon cabin which is an area of approximately 60 sq.ft.
              My plan is to now to wet sand w/ 320 btwn coats 2-3 & 3-4. But so far I'm sold, I've prepped & applied in a similar manor in the past with other products & have never achieved such great results. Some cons: build per coat is only moderate and the "amber" color seems drkr than most others I've tried. Which wouldnt be my first choice in color or build but the trade off is worth it. We'll still have to see how long it lasts, I'll try to remember to check back next year for an update. But for now its off to W.M. for several more QTS (I didn't see it in gallon size) while it's still on sale.

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